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“Down on the corner, out in the street,
Willy and the Poorboys are playin’
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.”
Just thinking “Kalamazoo” may get your feet tapping. Many songs contain a reference to Kalamazoo – some about the small city in Michigan, but others refer to a brand of guitar made by Gibson. The Gibson guitar, incidentally, was born in Kalamazoo – so this small city and music have a long and unique history.
In 1894, Orville Gibson set up shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan and began making mandolins. His patented style was less fragile, more stable, and had a deeper sound than the traditional mandolins, and he patented his design in 1898.
The Kalamazoo line of guitars began around 1965, as the demand for less expensive models heated up. The Kalamazoo Electric Guitar was introduced in the 1960s, just before the Kalamazoo Bass. Gibson also introduced a line of Kalamazoo amplifiers.
The lyrics above, of course, are from the hit song, “Down on the Corner” by Credence Clearwater Revival. In this song, the reference to Kalamazoo is to the bass guitar made by Gibson – “Poorboy twangs the rhythm out on his kalamazoo.”
In the 1942 Glenn Miller hit, “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo,” he’s talking about Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is “goin’ to Michigan to see the sweetest gal in Kalamazoo.”
Kalamazoo (both the guitar and the place) is used in dozens of songs – perhaps lyricists have a soft spot for the city since the Gibson guitar was created here, or perhaps it is just an easy name to rhyme. If the thought of moving to Kalamazoo has you ready to break into song, here’s what you need to know about apartments in Kalamazoo.
Things to Do in Kalamazoo:
There’s plenty to do in Kalamazoo! The city is home to breweries, historic sites, charming parks (such as the historic Bronson Park), museums, shops, and restaurants. Rent a Kalamazoo apartment and enjoy the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, and the Kalamazoo Air Zoo – where dozens of aircraft are on display.
The Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts is located in Downtown Kalamazoo and was established in 1924. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum hosts a variety of temporary exhibits each year. The permanent collection includes over 4,600 paintings and includes work by artists Ansel Adams, Alexander Calder, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, and Cindy Sherman.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers free general admission, so you can enjoy this fantastic destination as often as you want after renting an apartment in Kalamazoo! This museum offers a variety of changing exhibits, a planetarium, musical performances, hands-on crafts, and more. The Mary Jane Stryker Theater, located in the museum, is the ideal location for live performances, films, lectures, and other events.
For everything from hockey to trade shows to concerts, Wings Stadium is the ideal location. It was built in 1974 and is home to the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings hockey team. In addition to hockey games, the stadium also hosts concerts, trade shows, and WWE events.
Kalamazoo has a charming downtown filled with art galleries, shops, restaurants, and great parks. It is the location of the June Jubilee, which includes the annual Do-Dah Parade, the Kalamazoo Greek Fest, and the Art on the Mall and Arts Fair. While downtown, you’ll discover a variety of coffee shops, pubs, and fine-dining restaurants. Stop in and enjoy Bell’s Eccentric Café, a regional craft brewery that opened in 1985. They own an 80-acre farm in nearby Shepherd, Michigan and grow their own barley for a true farm-to-glass experience.
Speaking of beer, Kalamazoo has become a major city in the craft beer movement. As such, the city offers a variety of terrific breweries – take a West Michigan Beer Tour to explore some of them, and be sure to experience Kalamazoo Beer Week. This event takes place in January and includes a variety of tastings, more than 250 events, food, and more.
The Kalamazoo Nature Center provides a beautiful place to hike or just relax and enjoy nature. Be sure to check out the art exhibit inside the center! DeLano Farms is part of the center. This is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that offers U-pick to members as well as the DeLano Farms Market. The Kalamazoo Nature Center offers summer camps and preschool programs for children.
If you enjoy hiking, you’ll love the Kal-Haven Trail – popular with walkers, runners, bicyclists, and even snowmobilers. This trail extends 35 miles, from just west of Kalamazoo, through downtown, and into South Haven. The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is part of the trail.
You’ll be able to attend a variety of festivals when you move to Kalamazoo. There’s Kalamazoo Beer Week, the Kalamazoo Craft Beer Festival, and the Animation Festival. The Animation Festival is a popular event put on by Kalamazoo Valley Community College. It is a biannual festival with screenings and workshops.
Kalamazoo is about two hours from Chicago and only about 25 miles from Lake Michigan. From the theaters, museums, restaurants, and excitement of the Windy City to the boating, swimming, and outdoor fun on Lake Michigan, you’ll never be far from great adventure.
What to Consider When Moving to Kalamazoo:
Kalamazoo is a college town, home to Western Michigan University. WMU was established in 1903 and has one of the country’s largest aviation programs. This highly-respected research university enrolls about 24,000 students per year. The WMU Broncos play in NCAA Division I as part of the Mid-American Conference. The football team plays at Waldo Stadium, which was first built in 1938. The city also contains Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Kalamazoo College, a private liberal arts school.
Kalamazoo is located along a bend in the Kalamazoo River, which extends 130 miles from its mouth at Lake Michigan. Markin Glen Park is located along the river and features hiking trails, a campground, ball fields, and a swimming lake. Spring Valley Park includes picnic areas, ball fields, hiking trails, and two playgrounds. Sutherland Park and Red Arrow Golf Course are also located along the river.
Kalamazoo has a very strong economy and the city is known for its work-life balance. In fact, NerdWallet.com named Kalamazoo one of the “Top 10 Best Cities for Work-Life Balance” in 2014. Kiplinger named Kalamazoo one of the Ten Best Cities for Cheapskates in 2012. Kalamazoo is home to the Stryker Corporation, Fabri-Kal, and a global design center for Newell Rubbermaid. W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and the Fetzer Institute are also located in Kalamazoo.
Why Kalamazoo Apartments Are Hot:
Kalamazoo is fun! There are great places to work, great places to shop, fantastic restaurants, a famous beer scene, a top-rated university (which means plenty of college sports events), and beautiful parks. If that isn’t enough to have you moving to an apartment in Kalamazoo, consider the fact that it is less than 150 miles from both Chicago and Detroit. And you’ll be able to tell people that you live in Kalamazoo – the place where the Gibson guitar was born! Kalamazoo is mentioned in dozens of songs, from the 1942 Glenn Miller hit to the 2014 song “Gotta Get Away” by the Black Keys.
- Kalamazoo’s art deco downtown features art galleries, unique shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
- The Ghosts of Kalamazoo historic tour includes Mountain Home Cemetery, Celery Flats, and downtown.
- The Kalamazoo County Fair includes rides, exhibits, vendors, live entertainment, and competitions.
- Area wineries and vineyards offer tours, wine tasting, and even creating your very own bottle.
- The Kalamazoo Mall is an open-air shopping area with restaurants, stores, and special events.
- Haymarket is a historic district filled with nightlife, restaurants, the city’s first hotel, and live music.
- Kalamazoo College
- Western Michigan University
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College
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